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Provo-Orem, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Provo fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Provo peaked in December 2009 at 7.8% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Provo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Utah 3.2% 0.0 0.0
Provo 2.8% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Provo, Utah, National

Provo, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Provo, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Provo peaked in March 2010 at 17,960. There are now 9,479 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,953 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 528. Provo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Provo, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Provo 8,481 -562 -235

Number of Unemployed Persons

Provo, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.8% 8,481
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 9,043
August
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.0% 9,085
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 8,735
June
2018
4.0% 3.0% 2.8% 8,711
May
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 8,085
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 8,608
March
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.8% 8,565
February
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.7% 8,187
January
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.6% 7,953
December
2017
4.1% 3.2% 2.8% 8,661

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.